Reading and Writing Women's Lives

Reading and Writing Women's Lives

A Study of the Novel of Manners

Edited by Bege K. Bowers, Barbara Brothers


University of Rochester Press



The contributors to this volume -- including Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Janet Egleson Dunleavy, James R. Kincaid and Joseph Wiesenfarth -- focus on how men and [particularly] women respond to the ideological pressure of manners for their gender and class as they attempt to define themselves in the novel of manners. Focusing on literary, feminist, and general political concerns, the essays explore the relationships between society's and literature's conventions in works by Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, Henry James, Virginia Woolf and Barbara Pym, among others. Bege K. Bowers is Associate Provost at Youngstown State University. Barbara Brothers is Professor Emeritus, Youngstown State University.


November 2010
248 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9781580463768
Format: Paperback
University of Rochester Press
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Each essay in the volume offers a precise analysis of a particular author, novel, or set of novels. . . . The real value of the volume emerges, however, when the essays are taken as a whole. Carefully read and contemplated in relation to one another, they lead, as the editors had hoped, to a revision of our understanding and evaluation of the entire novel of manners tradition. VICTORIAN PERIODICALS REVIEW [Joyce Zonana]

[These] fresh and convincing readings . . . are a good start in defining the novel of manners as one seriously and artistically engaged in delineating individual, moral, social, and political conflicts of its time. ROCKY MOUNTAIN REVIEW OF LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE [Ann Owens Weekes]